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Stage 8: Pola de Laviana – Collau Fancuaya, 153.4km

The aerial shots should be spectacular, while possible coastal winds will add to the challenges of what should be this Vuelta’s fourth sprint finish.


Stage date
AUG 27, 2022
Stage distance
153.4 KM
Stage terrain
Mountains

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Two years ago Pola de Laviana hosted the race for the first time, with that stage ultimately bringing the riders to the top of the Alto de l’Angliru. This time around the finale is slightly less fierce, but the first-ever finish atop the Collau Fancuaya will nevertheless be a crucial point in the race. 

The 153.4 kilometer stage has a jagged profile with no less than six categorized climbs. Riders will be under pressure immediately with the second category Alto de la Colladona (km 9.8) rearing up very soon after the start line. The 6.4km, 7 percent ascent is followed by the similarly-ranked Alto de la Mozqueta, which at 6.8 km in length and 6.6 percent is almost identical in difficulty. 

There is a slight respite after that summit with the next three climbs all category three ascents with a maximum altitude of 520 meters. However the Alto de Santo Emiliano (km 66.5), the Puerto de Tenebreo (km 98.1) and the Puerto de Perlavia (km 113.8) will soften up any weakening legs prior to the big concluder, the first category Collau Fancuaya.  

This is 10.1 km in length, averages 8.5 percent but, crucially, has pitches of 19, 17 and 17 percent, including a very steep final kilometer.